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Rehabilitation Science Course Requirements

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The PhD program includes 90 semester credits of study at the doctoral level beyond the bachelor’s degree. All students complete coursework pertaining to Research Methods and Statistics and Rehabilitation Science Application & Teaching followed by specialty coursework in one of two concentration areas: Movement Science or Disability Science. A brief summary of the required courses and credits as follows;

Research Methods and Statistics = 13 credit hours
Rehabilitation Science Application = 5 credit hours
Rehabilitation Science Teaching = 6 credit hours
Concentration Courses = 18 credit hours
Research Courses = 32 credit hours
Elective Courses = 16 credit hours
TOTAL = 90 credit hours

Courses related to Research Methods and Statistics

PhD students must complete 13 credits of approved coursework in research methods and statistics. Courses can be selected from any College, but should be chosen with input from the major professor and must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Examples of courses meeting these criteria include: 

ALS 6046 – Grant Writing (2 credits)
PET 5936 – Professional Skills/Grant Writing (3 credits)
EDF 6475 Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (4 credits)
NGR 7814 Foundational Methods in Health Research (3 credits)
VME 6767 – Issues in the Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
CLP 6527 and CLP 6528  – Research Design and Statistics (6 credits)
STA 6126 and STA 6127 – Statistical Methods in Social Research I and II (6 credits)
STA 6166 and STA 6167 – Statistical Methods in Research I and II (6 credits)
EDF 6401  – Educational Statistics (3 credits)
EDF 6403 – Quantitative Research Methods in Education (6 credits)
HLP 6535 – Research Methods PHR (3 credits)

Courses related to Rehabilitation Science Application

Students must complete the following required courses in rehabilitation science application and teaching:

PHT 6935C – The Art of Scientific Dissemination (2 credits) 
RSD 6110 – Rehabilitation Science Theory & Application I (3 credits)

Courses related to Rehabilitation Science Teaching

It is the view of the PhD faculty that teaching will be an essential component of the vast majority or rehabilitation-related careers.  Accordingly, we require that RSD students have some formal training in the art of teaching as part of the graduate experience.  Students must complete the following required courses in rehabilitation science application and teaching:

RSD 6900 – College Classroom: Teaching Process and Practice (3 credits)
RSD 6940 – Supervised Teaching in Rehabilitation (3 credits)